The Very Best of Melbourne
As Australia’s second biggest city and the capital of its second most populous state, Victoria. A city known for its fashion, sport, culture and food, this city has everything – it’s no wonder that this vibrant, multicultural metropolis is considered the best city on the planet to live in.
Top things to do in Melbourne
Take the Tram
The inner city is very walkable but you have to take the most famous form of transport, thanks to Melbourne’s comprehensive tram network (one of the largest), there’s less of a car culture here than the rest of Australia. This is an efficient and atmospheric way to get around. It is a great way to travel and mingle with locals. It’s also good value – rides are even free around the city circuit.
Road Trip the Great Ocean Road
Just outside the city is one of the most scenic drives in the world. The Great Ocean Road stretches for 243 km (151 miles) along the Southeast coast of Australia. So rent a car and make sure you do it, it was the highlight of my time in Melbourne. This drive is on the National Heritage List, you’ll pass by incredible natural sites including Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles, not to mention the wildlife (you’ll see koalas in the trees!).
Party in St. Kilda
Melbourne’s famous nightlife area is home to cheap restaurants, bars, and clubs- the place to party. If you want to see Melbourne’s wild side, check the place out. (Base Melbourne is a great place to go party at if you want to hang out with other backpackers).
Old Melbourne Gaol is the city’s oldest prison, bearing the history of Ned Kelly’s custody and execution. Tour to witness many relics and remnants of the past. Or come after dark for a night tour given by the hangman, or a ghost tour through OMG’s eerie hall ways.
AFL at the MCG
The MCG (the Melbourne Cricket Ground) was created in 1853 as a cricket ground and has hosted major national and international matches. It is the spiritual home of Australian Rules football (AFL). If you have never seen this game it will take your breath away with its speed and acrobatics, or you might just think it’s a load of rubbish, but it’s certainly worth a watch while you’re there. You can book tickets here.
Hosier Lane become a tourist attraction when the city council gave up prosecuting graffiti artists and allowed the space as a living outdoor art gallery. Every inch of Hosier Lane is now covered with amazing spray-paint art that changes daily – great for photos.
Visit the Eureka Skydeck 88 to get a perspective on the whole city. You’ll enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of Melbourne from 88th floor observation deck in the Eureka Tower.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens contain extensively landscaped gardens covering 86 acres and feature thousands of plants from across the country and around the world. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens, it’s a great place to relax, maybe even do a bit or reading.
The Penguin Sunset
About 90 minutes from Melbourne is Phillips Island where you will find hiking, beaches, and shopping, however, the main attraction here are the thousands of penguins that can be seen at sunset. It’s quite a sight, get yourself a car and don’t miss out.
This is one of the finest zoos in the world. Its unique construction creates the feeling of peaceful seclusion, it is only 4k from Melbourne’s city centre. Visitors can enjoy the sight of over 300 species of animals, native and international.
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